Citizens say they are worried that they will have to pay late interest if they don’t pay their bills on time, and they don’t want to be left without a 5 percent discount for regular payments. The executive director of supply in EPS, Radovan Stanić, emphasizes that there is no reason for concern.
“Today is November 21, the deadline for payment is the 28th. We expect that the largest number of our citizens will be able to pay their bills on time and get the 5 percent discount that is available for regular payments,” adds Stanić.
Stanić says that EPS handed over all invoices to Pošta for distribution.
“We really expect all customers to receive their invoice within the payment deadline. Regardless, we suggest that everyone visit the portal eps.rs where they can gain insight into their accounts and that portal provides a number of possibilities. You can see your spending for the last three years, all your payments for the last three years. It gives you the possibility to collect the bill and even has the possibility to pay it, so there is no need to wait in lines at the counters,” explains Stanić.
He points out that there is a payment of twenty dinars, which is not the cost charged by EPS, but the cost of the banking institution through which the payment is made. “You yourself know that this commission is far less than paying at the counters of post offices and some banks,” adds Stanić.
Will the discount deadline be postponed?
Some utility companies have already postponed payment deadlines precisely because of the strike at the Post Office. When asked if EPS is thinking of doing the same, Stanić says that they are monitoring the situation on the ground and will act accordingly.
“I say once again that by using the portal, there is no need to wait for the postman, push in lines and wait for a copy of the bill,” said Stanić.
Nevertheless, our citizens are used to receiving bills at their addresses, and Stanić repeats that they are convinced that it will be the same this time and that they will receive the bills on time.
How many citizens are entitled to a discount?
Speaking about how many citizens are entitled to a discount, Stanić points out that the largest number of citizens regularly settle their obligations.
“Even up to 62 percent of our citizens pay their bills on time and get a 5 percent discount. That’s somewhere between two million and two million and 100,000 citizens who get a 5 percent discount every month,” says Stanić.
From October to March, citizens can get a discount of 20 to 40 percent based on savings.
“Over 56 percent of citizens managed to achieve a discount on rational consumption by reducing their consumption by more than 5 percent compared to one of the two Octobers, October of last year and October of the year before last. Thus, the total consumption for October this year for about 7.5 percent less compared to the same period last year, and even 19 percent less compared to October 2021,” Stanić emphasizes.
He says that the citizens took seriously the opportunity to save money, and on the other hand, they took advantage of the possibility of rational use of electricity.